Introduction to Car Hacking with CANbus C1857

Topics: Advanced Technologies

Vehicle cybersecurity vulnerabilities could impact a vehicle's safe operation. Therefore, engineers should ensure that systems are designed free of unreasonable risks to motor vehicle safety, including those that may result due to existence of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The automotive industry is making vehicle cybersecurity an organizational priority. Prioritizing vehicle cybersecurity also means learning about vehicle hacking techniques in order to ensure that systems will be reasonably safe under expected real-world conditions, including those that may arise due to potential vehicle cybersecurity vulnerabilities from hacking the CAN communications or OBD-II interface. The automotive cybersecurity environment is dynamic and is expected to change continually and, at times, rapidly. Developing a basic understanding of car hacking can provide a good foundation for developing approaches to vehicle cybersecurity. 

Participants will be introduced to modern automotive in-vehicle communication networks, the CAN communications protocol and the OBD-II interface threat models, hacking into the OBD-II diagnostics interface, ECU cracking, and vehicle network cyber penetration testing.  This course will cover existing in-vehicle communication protocols and associated vulnerabilities as well as the limitations of existing digital forensics. 

A hands-on lab will be used to provide learning principles and experience of ECU hacking techniques and understand penetration testing for automotive CAN communications systems.

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the basics of cybersecurity
  • Determine SAE and other industry standards related to automotive cyber security
  • Identify basics of threat models for automotive systems
  • Acquire and analyze in-vehicle communication data
  • Hack ECUs
  • Use tools for vehicle anomaly detection

Who Should Attend

Hardware design engineers, software developers, cybersecurity engineers and test engineers would benefit from attending this course.


Participants should have a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science or equivalent. A background or some experience with automotive electronics and vehicle systems is recommended.

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Mark Zachos

markzachosMark Zachos is the Founder of The Dearborn Group Inc. and President of DG Technologies. Since 1988, Mr. Zachos has been obtaining engineering experience in automotive electronics, cyber security, vehicle diagnostics and communications. He has authored many technical papers on On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) and in-vehicle networking; he holds more than 10 patents on vehicle communications technology. Mark is the Head of USA Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Standards Organization (ISO) Road Vehicle Electronics Standards Sub-committee; he is a member of TMC, SAE and IEEE; he has been directly involved with development of over 25 light and heavy-duty vehicle technical standards. Mark is the chairman of several technical standards teams including: the American Trucking Assoc. TMC Fleet Maintenance Cyber Security Task Force, SAE J1939 Network Security Task Force, SAE J3005 (OBD “dongle” security), SAE Data Link Connector Security Committee (i.e. SAE J3138 “hardening the OBD port”) and co-chair of ISO/TC22/SC31/WG2/PT-Security.

He also is a member of the Oakland County (MI) Connected Vehicle Task Force focusing on secure connected vehicle deployment; teaches embedded programming, CANbus and vehicle cyber security at The University of Michigan-Dearborn; instructs hackers at the US Army TARDEC CyberTruck Challenge; and established CyberTech - the TMC service technician troubleshooting skills challenge for identifying and repairing vehicle cyber hacks. Mark Zachos is the Founder of The Dearborn Group Inc. and President of DG Technologies.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Format: Classroom

Event ID: S-00527

Location: Troy, Michigan

Session Info:

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fees: $1,492.00

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